Ford Performance and Mustang have paired up to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day with the commemorative Old Crow Mustang GT. This one-of-a-kind Mustang pays tribute to the P-51 Mustang fighter plane that flew over the beaches of Normandy during the Allied Invasion in 1944 and the brave men who sacrificed for freedom.
The Old Crow was specifically inspired by Col. Bud Anderson,
a flying ace in World War II. Serving on two different combat tours and 116
missions, Col. Bud Anderson flew behind the wheel of a P-51 airplane for it
all. Anderson grew to call his P-51 “Old Crow,” so Ford and Roush aimed to
design a Mustang that brought back the vibes of the classic airplane.
The badging and paint scheme on the Old Crow will resemble
that of the P-51 Mustang that Anderson flew. And while the car might not be
able to elicit the true power and thrill of a war plane, it delivers solid
performance with a Roush/Ford Performance supercharger that helps deliver more
than 700 horsepower.
The Old Crow is set to be auctioned off in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, at “The Gathering,” an auction that occurs every year at the
Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2019 AirVenture. All proceeds from the
auction will go directly to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Aviation
Foundation, which supports, educates, and encourages future pilots.
The Ford Mustang is known among enthusiasts as the original pony car that inspired the birth of the muscle car segment. The automaker recently unveiled the new and improved Mustang convertible following the debut of the coupe model. Both models will go on sale later this fall, much to the pleasure of performance lovers.
The new Ford Mustang convertible followed the unveiling of the coupe model at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Like the coupe, the convertible will see plenty of styling upgrades as well.
For starters, both models will receive standard LED lights and a new customizable 12-inch digital instrument display. A refreshed hood and new fascias are on the docket as well. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Mustang won’t see a V6 engine in the lineup.
Instead, the 2018 Ford Mustang will see the addition of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that churns out a whopping 310 hp. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will keep its spot under the pony car’s hood.
While the new Ford Mustang convertible wasn’t on display at the Detroit Auto Show, it will head to more than 50 regional auto shows across the United States.